The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has signed up to the speaking up charter. Launched last month by the NHS Employers this is the first charter outlining a commitment from employers, regulators, health unions, professional associations and bodies to work together to support staff when raising a safety concern or issue at work.
The charter, signed up to by 28 organisations, outlines a commitment to work more effectively together to create a just culture which is open and transparent. A just culture ensures individuals are fully supported to report concerns and safety issues, and are treated fairly, with empathy and consideration, when they have been involved in an incident or have raised a concern.
The Academy and those signed up have committed to:
Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said:
“It is crucial that doctors and other clinicians do raise any concerns they may have about the quality of care and are able to do so in an open and supportive environment. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is happy to endorse the Speaking Up Charter and work with other organisations to develop a positive culture by promoting openness, transparency, fairness, reporting and learning as an important and integral part of providing safer patient and public care.”
The Charter and further details can be found on the NHS employers website